India-Indonesia navies to have first-ever bilateral exercise Samudra Shakti

In line with government’s `Act, East Policy’ INS Rana at Surabaya will participate in the first ever Indian Navy – Indonesian Navy Bilateral Exercise ‘ Samudra Shakti’.

The India-Indonesia relations have been elevated to ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ earlier this year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited that country. Besides the maritime security, defense cooperation has been a significant pillar in this partnership.

As Indian Ocean littoral neighbors, both countries have been working towards deepening their military ties. Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed to address maritime concerns of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

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